• That Noble Dream: The 'Objectivity Question' and the American Historical Profession See large image

    That Noble Dream: The 'Objectivity Question' and the American Historical Profession (Ideas in Context) (Paperback) By (author) Peter Novick, Series edited by Quentin Skinner, Series edited by Lorraine Daston, Series edited by Dorothy Ross, Series edited by James Tully

    $44.08 - Save $4.35 (8%) - RRP $48.43 Free delivery worldwide Available
    Dispatched in 1 business day
    When will my order arrive?
    Add to basket | Add to wishlist |

    Also available in...
    Hardback $116.16

    DescriptionThe aspiration to relate the past 'as it really happened' has been the central goal of American professional historians since the late nineteenth century. In this remarkable history of the profession, Peter Novick shows how the idea and ideal of objectivity were elaborated, challenged, modified, and defended over the last century. Drawing on the unpublished correspondence as well as the published writings of hundreds of American historians from J. Franklin Jameson and Charles Beard to Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and Eugene Genovese, That Noble Dream is a richly textured account of what American historians have thought they were doing, or ought to be doing, when they wrote history - how their principles influenced their practice and practical exigencies influenced their principles.


Other books

Other people who viewed this bought | Other books in this category
Showing items 1 to 10 of 10

 

Reviews | Bibliographic data
  • Full bibliographic data for That Noble Dream

    Title
    That Noble Dream
    Subtitle
    The 'Objectivity Question' and the American Historical Profession
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Novick, Series edited by Quentin Skinner, Series edited by Lorraine Daston, Series edited by Dorothy Ross, Series edited by James Tully
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 662
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 221 mm
    Thickness: 51 mm
    Weight: 1,043 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521357456
    ISBN 10: 0521357454
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JFCX
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17400
    Ingram Subject Code: HS
    B&T General Subject: 650
    BISAC V2.8: POL010000
    Libri: I-HS
    BISAC V2.8: HIS016000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    DC22: 907/.2073, 907.2073
    DC19: 907.2073
    LC classification: D13.5.U6 N68 1988
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: JPA, JBCC9
    Illustrations note
    index
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    01 October 1988
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    'A brilliant and fascinating book.' Laurence Veysey 'A judicious appraisal of men and circumstances, erudite and wide-ranging. Irreverent but not nastily irreverent, with an admirable delicacy of touch.' William H. McNeill 'An astute and provocative account of how the historical profession in America has dealt with its founding myth and central norm - the ideal of objectivity.' Dorothy Ross
    Back cover copy
    The aspiration to relate the past' as it really happened' has been the central goal of American professional historians since the late nineteenth century. In this remarkable history of the profession, Novick shows how the idea and ideal of objectivity were elaborated, challenged, modified, and defended over the last century.
    Table of contents
    Preface; Introduction: nailing jelly to the wall; Part I. Objectivity Enthroned: 1. The European legacy: Ranke, Bacon, Flaubert; 2. The professionalization project; 3. Consensus and legitimation; 4. A most genteel insurgency; Part II. Objectivity Besieged: 5. Historians on the home front; 6. A changed climate; 7. Professionalism stalled; 8. Divergence and dissent; 9. The battle joined; Part III. Objectivity Reconstructed: 10. The defense of the West; 11. A convergent culture; 12. An autonomous profession; Part IV. Objectivity in Crisis: 13. The collapse of comity; 14. Every group its own historian; 15. The center does not hold; 16. There was no king in Israel; Appendix: manuscript collections cited; Index.